The State of Texas must do all in its power to honor our brave men and women of the armed forces during active duty and at home. Abel's "Support the Troops" legislation--HB 285, HB 1808 and HB 1809--will provide much-needed financial relief to our soldiers. Specifically, HB 285 would prevent collectors from collecting debts during a period of one's military service if they are experiencing financial hardship as a result of their activation. Furthermore, HB 1808 and HB 1809 would go further to provide financial support by increasing the homestead exemption and continuing relief for our injured soldiers. Those financial worries are best left to civilian life, not carried like a heavy load on the backs of those putting themselves in harm's way to keep us safe. Texas must take a leadership role in passing legislation that truly supports our troops.